1.the warmest season of the year, in the northern hemisphere from June to August and in the southern hemisphere from December to February.“this plant flowers in late summer”
freshly cut grass
trashy harlan coben books
99 with a flake
big blanket. outside fun.
girlie may birthdays
pretty painted toes
reading at breakfast
sitting in the park with the girls
sunny balcony time
hearing the ice-cream man
going for a run in the sun
smell of sun cream
rain. sun. sun. rain. cloud. sun. rain. rain. rain.
takeaway coffees with siobhan
tattoos on show
fun weekends away
someone else putting on my aftersun
Sightseeing in Barcelona
So you have the guidebook, so you know what you need to see…Well here’s my best of if you are stuck for time in Barcelona, in no particular order….
Parc del Laberint d’Horta
This is as the name suggests, a giant labyrinth. Made me feel like I was in a lovely film, running around trying not to get lost. Beautiful gardens, crumbling Arabic mansion, and no city sounds…wonderful. p.s. I’ve lived in Barcelona for 4 years and I just discovered this beauty last weekend. It’s a weirdly not-rounded-up €2.17.
The Magic Fountain
This is a must see, but make sure to check the website before you make the journey. It’s roaring classical music meets lights, lasers and romance. Oh and it doesn’t cost a thing.
Mar Bella Beach
Forget the dirty touristic beach that sits on the end of the promenade. Go a little further, and meet the real 20 somethings of Barcelona. Great music, cleaner water and lots of bronzed bodies.
Parc Guell, Sagrada Familia, Fountains in Parc De la Cuitadella, Casa Mila and Casa Batllo…they are all in the guidebook for for good reasons.
Windy streets, lots of tourists, roman ruins, big squares, lots of cafes and bars, souvenir shops, shady characters, cheap raybans, hippy clothes will all leave you with the distinct feeling you’ve just been on holiday…Check out Plaza Trippy for some cosy but crazy nightlife.
It even has it’s own wiki page.
Twisty, dirty streets, full of chaos, loud noises, large families, great museums, pickpocketers, lots of great bars, a huge mix of expats from all over the world..oh and lots of men offering cerveza beer and a whole concoction of other things. weird, a little smelly in places. But very Barcelona.
This is real Barcelona, full of 20 somethings, always up for a good time, with fresh food markets, little quirky vintage boutiques and cosy little bars with great prices.
One of the most famous reasons to visit Barcelona. This stadium is HUGE, and to be honest any ticket you get guarantees a good view of the guys in action.
Get your tickets here: Football Tickets Barcelona
These guys speak English, French, Spanish and German and have been doing this for years.
Owned by the lovely Carla and Nina-both bilingual- this bar is sure to please. Decorated cleverly in, well, a timeline of clocks, vintage furniture, old school books as menus, delicious cocktails served in generous jam jars, oh and the most yummy patatas bravas you will find in Gracia..this is a great location to meet new friends, kick back, relax and watch the time go by..
This is a gem if you are a big fan of little intimate bars with good music and cheap beer and vino. The crowd is a good mix of locals, and expats, usually only too happy to strike up conversation.
This is one of my favs, they do great cocktails, there is always a good crowd and the atmosphere is second to none. The crowd is kind of trendy, but relaxed and chatty. Mostly locals.
I think I should be on commission for Bitacora. Every time we have guests over, this is the one place that we always want to show off in. Fabulous tapas, served in a grungy FC Barcelona supporters bar. Rude writing on the bathroom walls, dirty napkin filled floors, but some of the most delicious food I have EVER tasted. eh..did I mention I think this place is pretty awesome??
Quirky, in the heart of Raval, surrounded by skaterboys and girls, is Macba, tattoos, kitch bars, and stark white surroundings, this is the heartbeat of the art scene in Barcelona. Keep an eye out for some great photography exhibits in the gallery there.
200g crushed digestive biccies or ginger nuts
55g melted butter
420g philadelphia cream cheese
55g caster sugar
1/2 lemon with zest and juice
350g chopped white chocolate
300ml whipped cream
stir in melted butter and press mixture into a greased cake tin
chill in fridge for 15 mins
whisk cheese, sugar, lemon zest and juice together
melt chocolate and add to beated ingredients and fold in the cream
put some raspberries onto the base and pour half of the filling on top
repeat until filling is all used up and smooth the surface of the cake with a spoon
leave to chill overnight if possible
serve with fresh cream and raspberries and decorate with some lemon zest and a sprig of mint
2 kind of brown avocados
1 big clove of garlic
few slices of spring onion
juice of one lime
juicy bits of one vine tomato
half a handful of corriander
warm fresh ripped bread or
slices of cucumber or peppers to dip
chop garlic, spring onions, corriander
slice avocados and remove seeds
half a tomato and squeeze out the juice
slice and juice lime
mash up avocado
mix lime and tomato juice
add garlic, onions and sprinkle the corriander
what to do…
so i have that tuesday feeling….i just bought my euromillions ticket and know that this time i have it in the bag…the numbers feel right, there’s a smell of fresh wads of cash on the way and i’m worrying now that if my wicked plan does come to fruition, i’m simply just not prepared…
so in the more than likely event that tomorrow is my night, this is what i’m going to do:
sugar to taste
3/4 teabags-strong black tea
fill a large pitcher/teapot with boiling water and teabags.add a little sugar and leave to cool. when cooled, remove the teabags and add lemons. add more sugar to taste. serve with a slice of fresh lemon. voila. perfect. summer. drink.